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    Target announces Starbucks as coffee retailer for Canadian stores (Starbucks Newsroom)

    Loblaws launching loyalty program to coincide with Target entry (Globe and Mail)

    Zellers reviews options for outlets ‘left behind’ (Globe and Mail)

    Canadian malls are the Target of expansion(Montreal Gazette)

    Sobeys and Target: a winning combination (Financial Post)

    Target’s rejected sites in high demand by rival retailers (Globe & Mail)

    Walmart, Canadian Tire in Target's crosshairs (Financial Post)

    What we can expect: Tony Fisher talks about Target Canada (Financial Post)

    Target’s Canadian foray hits cost hurdle (Globe & Mail)

    Announcement of which Zellers are to convert coming by end of May? CTV

    "Death of Canadian retail greatly exaggerated" Rona CEO (Financial Post

    Impact on Canadian Tire (Financial Post)

    Canadian Retail Industry Viewpoints (Profit Magazine)







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    Schulich’s latest MBA ware: a retail specialization

    Canada’s retail sector is growing rapidly and in new ways, prodded especially these days by the arrival of U.S. giants such as Nordstrom and Target.

    But while there are MBA programs offering retail management specializations in the United States at Syracuse University in upstate New York and the University of South Carolina, for example, few exist in Canada.

    That’s why the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto is launching its first global retail management specialization within its MBA program, starting with the winter term.

    The program will cover fast-moving consumer goods and retail productivity and adaptability.

    The goal, marketing professor Robert Kozinets says, is to train the country’s next generation of retail executives to take Canadian stores to the next level.

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    Kinect technology lets shoppers try on virtual clothes

    You think you love that dress, those boots, that eye shadow or maybe that pink tie, but you don’t have time to find a dressing room or a sales associate, and so you keep walking.

    Soon you won’t have to. Virtual dressing rooms — once the stuff of science fiction — are becoming reality.

    On Wednesday night, some of Toronto’s top advertising executives got a peek at a product called Swivel, which marries Microsoft Xbox Kinect technology to patented systems that let shoppers try on clothes without having to squeeze into ten different outfits in a confined space.

    Instead, shoppers can stand in front of a computer screen that acts as a kind of mirror, in the same way that pressing the reverse-camera icon on a smart phone shows you what you look like.

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    Inside Whole Foods' Store of the Future

    Just one week after launching its first national branding campaign, Whole Foods is promoting its sustainability cred in stores.

    The upscale grocer—with the help of SapientNitro's Second Story—has loaded up its new flagship store in Alpharetta, Ga., with digital experiences that show shoppers where their food comes from. This won't look like an Apple store, though. "We wanted to bring in some cool digital elements, but we didn't want that to detract from the shopping experience," said Matt Courtoy, Whole Foods' social and digital media specialist.

    The most eye-catching activation is in the store's café. A digital screen on a wall runs anInstagram feed showing produce still growing in the fields of six local farms that supply the store. Elsewhere in the store, a digital mirror encourages shoppers to strike three different poses, which trigger images of recommended health products like vitamins and protein shakes.

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    More U.S. retailers are entering Canada. How is the market faring?

    It’s been called the “Great White North.” But for U.S. retailers seduced by Canada’s ardent consumers, common language and relatively stable economy, the only color that counts is green. Chains like Marshalls, Ann Taylor, The Home Depot, Costco and A&P thrived in the provinces by recreating the U.S. retail experience that Canadian consumers loved. Even Sears — the majority of which was recently sold to ESL Holdings, the investment arm of Sears Holdings’ CEO Eddie Lambert — was once a powerful force in Canadian retailing.

    Canada is no cakewalk: The complex business environment has high tax rates and wages, smaller retail spaces and a morass of national and provincial regulations — all in a country that spans more than 3,000 miles of often-inhospitable terrain.

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